"We're not building a phone," Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday, April 4, finally putting to rest months of rumors. What Facebook has done, however, is build what it bills as "the best version of Facebook there is."
Starting April 12, Facebook aficionados will be able to download "Home," a new application that presents a new user interface for smartphones with the Android operating system.
Facebook held a press conference at its headquarters in Menlo Park to show off its latest product. "Home" incorporates a new homescreen depicting updates from friends, news stories and other content and a redesign of traditional messaging systems -- "Chatheads" -- that allows message notifications to persist on top of whatever applications the user is accessing; no more switching from the phone browser window to a text message.
The company also announced contracts with HTC and AT&T to launch new phones featuring "Home," such as the upcoming HTC First model, which will come with the application pre-installed.
The new interface represents Facebook's drive to focus on mobile applications, according to Zuckerberg. It will be available for tablets a few months after the launch of the phone version.
See what it looks like here.